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    As part of the launch of the new French streaming video service La Cinetek—which was founded by the filmmakers Pascale Ferran (Bird People), Cédric Klapisch (Chinese Puzzle), and Laurent Cantet (Return to Ithaca), as well as Alain Rocca, president of the French video-on-demand service UniversCiné—the company has compiled a list of twenty-six filmmakers, from Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin to Hirokazu Kore-eda and Agnès Varda, and asked the directors to share their fifty favorite films. The platform, which will highlight rare auteur works, as well as influential films from around the world, isn't available in the U.S., but we thought we'd share a selection of great directors' picks below—and for the full list, head to La Cinetek's website.

    Olivier Assayas

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
    Robert Altman’s California Split
    Robert Bresson's L’argent
    Kenneth Anger’s Invocation of My Demon Brother
    David Cronenberg’s Videodrome
    Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le cercle rouge
    Maurice Pialat’s La maison des bois
    Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris
    Francois Truffaut’s The Story of Adele H.
    Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls

    See the full list here.


    Costa Gavras

    John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
    Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times
    Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be
    Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo
    Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’s West Side Story
    Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
    Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider
    Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert
    Satyajit Ray’s The Music Room
    Claude Chabrol’s Le boucher

    See the full list here.


    Arnaud Desplechin

    Jean Renoir’s The River
    Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious
    George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story
    Yasujiro Ozu's There Was a Father
    Preston Sturges's The Lady Eve
    Leo McCarey’s The Awful Truth
    King Hu’s A Touch of Zen
    Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise
    Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
    John Ford’s The Searchers

    See the full list here.


    Lynne Ramsay

    Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces
    Federico Fellini’s La strada
    Ingmar Bergman’s Persona
    Claire Denis’s Beau travail
    Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now
    Roman Polanski’s Repulsion
    Robert Bresson’s Mouchette
    Samuel Fuller’s Shock Corridor
    Tony Richardson’s The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
    Ken Loach’s Kes

    See the full list here.


    Agnès Varda

    Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho
    Chantal Akerman’s Tout une nuit
    Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket
    Jane Campion’s Sweetie
    John Cassavetes’s A Woman Under the Influence
    Jacques Demy’s Une chambre en ville
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Marriage of Maria Braun
    Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry
    Martin Scorsese’s After Hours
    Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante

    See the full list here.


    Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Jacques Demy’s Lola
    Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D.
    Federico Fellini’s Amarcord
    John Cassavetes’s Opening Night
    Mikio Naruse’s Floating Clouds
    Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights
    Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby
    Robert Altman’s Short Cuts
    Eric Rohmer’s Le rayon vert

    See the full list here.


  • By Bailee Walsh
    November 07, 2015
    04:47 AM

    Wow! So interesting to see all the different films these filmmakers love and enjoy!
  • By ScorpioVelvet
    November 10, 2015
    06:14 PM

    Nice! I enjoy seeing different great filmmakers admiring different great films from the collection in their lists, like Assayas Kore-eda. :)